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University Honors Courses 

University Honors students can complete their UH course enrollment one of two ways:

  1. Complete one UH course per year.

  2. Complete two UH courses in either the first (freshman) or second (sophomore) years. If a student chooses this option, they can combine the remaining two UH courses in any way that works; however, it is not an option to complete two courses a second time.

In summary, students must take at least one class freshman and sophomore year. Below is an outline that displays five UH course completion options:

Year in SchoolOption 1Option 2Option 3Option 4Option 5
First12211
Second11122
Third11010
Fourth10101

Fall 2019 UH Courses

AMIN 3430: Global Indigenous Studies
Class #33426, Section 550
Global Perspectives
Dr. Joseph Bauerkemper
Th, 4 – 6:30pm

This course fosters a consideration of the planet's indigenous peoples, emphasizing their various and varying cultural, territorial, political, social, legal, aesthetic, economic, and intellectual contributions and claims. Exploring indigenous peoples' relationships with one another, with settler governments, with non-governmental organizations, and with supranational institutions, students in the course will develop a broad understanding of the increasingly global trajectories of indigenous studies.

 

ANTH 1602 - Biological Anthropology and Archaeology
Class# 31457, Section 550
Social Sciences
Dr. Jennifer Jones
Mon & Wed, 1 – 2:50pm

Origin and development of extinct and living human forms, primatology, human biological variations, the race concept, evolution, and development of human societies up to the earliest stages of ancient civilizations.   Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for: ANTH 1601

 

AST 1050 - Native Skywatchers: Indigenous Ethno- and ArchaeoAstronomy
Class #12347, Section 550
Cultural Diversity in the US
Dr. James Rock
Mon & Wed, 3 – 4:15pm

Our Universal Story usually opens with “Once upon a SpaceTime…” and the very first stuff that would become our bodies today came from the stars and existed long before there was ever a first day on Earth! Is this idea from modern western science or from ancient Indigenous scientists? The answer is: “Yes! Star-Stuff-R-Us…by way of nucleosynthesis, but also according to Dakota Otokahekagapi.”

We have always been both scientists and storytellers who carefully read and told the story as written in Nature. Indigenous ethno- and archaeo-astronomy (IE&AA) looks at the ways in which the motion and cycles of celestial bodies as measured from architectural structures and natural features at sacred places can provide an essential framework for daily and seasonal activities, social and political  relationships, and ethical and spiritual beliefs, including a 26,000 year cycle. How can and do we still live the “M”yth now as then? How and why is there “Math in the Myth?”

The answers to these place-based Indigenous science questions will likely lead you to even more questions, ideas and hypotheses. The interdisciplinary nature of ethnoastronomy combines and applies astronomy, cultural astronomy, cultural anthropology, archaeology, history, architecture and even linguistics, dance, music, games, mathematics and technology to investigate and interpret many kinds of evidence. We search and synthesize these fields as we first come to appreciate, then respect and honor the deep wisdom of our Elders and ancestors as it was preserved, passed down and still comes alive within us.

 

BIOL 2001 - Our Food: Science and Production
Class #33429, Section 550
Natural Sciences
Sustainability
Dr. Paul Bates
Tu & Th 9:30 – 10:45am

This course will examine 3 large aspects of the food we eat: food science, human nutrition, and agricultural production methods.  We will look at the main components of food, and how manipulation of food molecules creates different flavors, textures, and structures. We will then focus on the relative nutritional value of different foods and their effects on the human body, including illnesses related to poor nutrition.  Finally, we will explore modern agricultural practices and discuss ways to enhance stability and sustainability in our food supply

ECH 2025 - Educating the Human Brain 
Course # 11130, Section 550
LE Social Sciences 
T 4 - 6:50pm
Dr. Molly Harney 

This 16-week seminar series will be offered partially off campus at the Steve O’Neil Apartments. Students enrolled in the University Honors Program will partner with community members who are living in the Steve O’Neil Apartments as a community to explore how biology, relationships, and environments impact early brain development and subsequent long-term health and wellbeing. Current research in the areas of early brain development and the biological underpinnings of emotional and cognitive development will be explored. Developmental impacts from early attachment relationships, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and social policy will also be addressed.

 

HON 3895 - Honors Special Topics: Ethics of Call out Culture
Course #33924, Section 550
Cultural Diversity in the US
Mon, Wed & Fri, 10 – 10:50 am
Dr. Jeanine Weekes Schroer

Public shaming is not new, but social media has upped the stakes. People have lost jobs, careers, and even their lives in the aftermath of something as simple as a scolding on Twitter.  This also makes Twitter one of the main destinations for some of the most important discourses of our time: Genuinely diverse communities come together to communicate within and across boundaries about racism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism.  By reading ethicists, feminists, critical race theorists, and black feminist theorists, and their thinking on the purpose of blame, the importance of public blame, the challenges of shame, the epistemic challenges of structural oppression, the challenges of social media, this course will map an Ethics for the age of the Call-out.